IDUKKI: A virtual meeting on Wednesday between the chief minister, revenue minister, district authorities and Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Co (KDHP) officials discussed the rehabilitation of victims of the Pettimudi landslide.

KDHP officials refused to provide land for victims and instead promised support for building dwelling units, Devikulam sub-collector S Premkrishnan said.

“Company officials said they will provide Rs 1 crore for the construction of houses for eight homeless victims. The company said it will be ready for any financial support for home construction,” Premkrishnan told TOI.

“Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan accepted the offer. The CM directed Idukki district collector to inspect revenue land in Kuttiyar Valley for constructing the houses,” said Premkrishnan.

“The collector will visit Kuttiyar Valley on September 15 before taking a final decision. The company also assured job security and other facilities to the people,” he said.

According to company officials, the meeting mainly discussed rehabilitation of homeless victims. The compensation and other activities will be based on the report submitted by the revenue department, they said.

News of the tragic landslide, which occurred at around 10.30pm on August 6, took 10 hours to reach the outside world. A rescue team reached the spot only by 11am. Four rows of layams housing estate workers were completely buried under the debris. Sixty-six bodies have so far been recovered with four persons still missing, officials said.#



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